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Pruritus pp 301-306 | Cite as

Psychosomatic Aspects and Psychiatric Conditions

  • Gudrun SchneiderEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter elucidates psychosomatic aspects of pruritus in healthy persons, in pruritic dermatologic skin diseases and in symptomatic pruritus. It reports the research findings on the role of personality aspects, stressful life events and some psychophysiologic and psychoneuroimmunologic aspects of pruritus. It also discusses developmental, social and behavioural aspects. In the second part it gives a systematic of psychiatric conditions and psychic disorders associated with pruritus: (A) Chronic itching as a symptom of psychic disorders; (B) Multifactorially induced itching, the onset and course of which may be considerably influenced by psychic factors; (C) Psychic disorders as a result of chronic itching and (D) Co-morbidity with psychic disorders. Frequency of psychic disorders in patients with chronic pruritus is high and some psychotherapeutic approaches are presented.

Keywords

Chronic pruritus Chronic itch Psychosomatic aspects Personality Life events Stress Psychic disorders Systematic Psychotherapeutic approach 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychosomatics and PsychotherapyUniversity Hospital Münster, University of MünsterMünsterGermany

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